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Acini di Pepe Savory Pasta Salad

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Light, refreshing alternative for a summer salad. And no mayo to get icky in the heat!

Ingredients

  • 1 box Acini Di Pepe Pasta (or Small Pearl Type Pasta)
  • 1 cup Red Onion, Diced
  • 1 whole Green Bell Pepper, Diced
  • 16 ounces, fluid Heirloom Tomatoes (grape Size)
  • ¼ cups Italian Parsley, Chopped
  • ¼ cups Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing (you May Need More, Depending On Your Taste)
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Preparation

• cook pasta following directions on box.

• dice onion, green bell pepper, and slice all tomatoes in half.

• once pasta is done cooking, drain and rinse with cool water.

• transfer pasta to large bowl and add all ingredients and stir well.

• cover to cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

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ginabe on 9.7.2009

I’ve made this salad at least three times this summer with different veggies from my garden (cucumber, tomato, sweet peppers). It gets lots of compliments and the flavor gets better the longer it sits so it’s an excellent dish to make the day before you want to serve it. Thank you for sharing. I love it!

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lolal19 on 7.17.2009

I had to bring a salad for a work potluck, so I decided to make this. It was wonderful! Everyone loved it at work, and I left some home for mom and dad, they loved it too!
Thanks so much for a perfect, easy recipe!

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kayex on 7.16.2009

This looked so good that from the moment I saw it on Wednesday when the sit launched I knew I would make it. I made 2 changes I used red and yellow bell peppers and cilantro because I tend to like cilantro more than parsley. It was exactly what I had hoped for and more, this may become my new favorite summer salad. I like it so much I am not sure about it serving 10 people as I keep eating so much of it.

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joythebaker on 7.15.2009

gorgeous! gorgeous! gorgeous! i think i’ll try mine with farro!

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Trish in MO on 7.15.2009

Acini de Pepe was a staple, and favorite, growing up, but then fell to the wayside in adulthood for some odd reason. I’m excited to try this!

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dcl71177 on 11.25.2011

I really love this pasta salad. I use red peppers and omit the parsley. I also end up using a TON more dressing (almost the whole bottle). Although I add it little by little over time as it sits in the fridge.

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sjohnson on 8.24.2010

This is SO good! My husband and kids don’t like onions or peppers so it’s ALL mine! Muhaha!

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ginabe on 5.19.2010

I’ve made this salad several times this summer with different veggies from my garden (cucumber, tomato, sweet peppers). It gets lots of compliments and the flavor gets better the longer it sits so it’s an excellent dish to make the day before you want to serve it. Thank you for sharing. I love it!

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